Hospitalized mentally 111 patients in israel vote for the first time

Yuval Melamed*, Eyal Shamir, Zahava Solomon, Avner Elizur

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For the first time in Israel, hospitalized mentally ill patients were enabled to participate in the election of the prime minister and members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) held on May 29, 1996, In a demonstration election held in Yehuda Abarbanel Hospital to teach and prepare the patients to vote, the outcome of the vote for the prime minister was identical to the results of the general public vote. The sample vote results for members of the Knesset were slightly different from those in the actual election. The character of the voting in this sample bolsters arguments for the rights of mentally ill individuals to participate in the basic democratic process of voting and should ease any misgivings felt by some of the public about their ability to vote as rationally as other members of the public.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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